The Oscars may have snubbed his performance as Freud (and everybody else)
in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous
Method," but Viggo
Mortensen can now claim the perhaps more
substantive Coolidge Award,
the annual career achievement honor given out by the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
He's in good company.
Many of the best American directors of the last four decades, including
Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, and Jonathan Demme, took lessons early on from
what Demme and others have termed "the Roger Corman school of filmmaking" - the
B movie mogul's studio New World Pictures. Given tiny budgets and a formula
framework to work with, these auteurs-in-the-making were otherwise free to
exert their creativity, learning in the process how to make the most of limited
resources and how to manipulate generic conventions into personal, poetic films
that also pleased audiences.
The Coolidge Corner Theater will award its seventh annual COOLIDGE AWARD to Academy Award-winning filmmaker JONATHAN DEMME, who will accept the honor during a two-day celebration on March 1 and 2, 2010. The Coolidge will also screen a selection of Demme's work in February.
From the press release:
The Coolidge Corner Theatre announces internationally acclaimed director Jonathan Demme as the recipient of the 2010 Coolidge Award, to be celebrated March 1-2.